if you want a tattoo and/or some good conversation, go to kevin riley. even though he looks way punk rock and is covered in ink (which may signify "scary dude" to some people), he's gentle as a lamb, smart as a whip, and ridiculously talented. he maintains a super comprehensive website to document his tattoo portfolio. you can even see by calendar date the tattoos he's done day by day! it's very cool. he is also in a killer band called northern liberties, runs/ran a record label called worldeater, lives in a gorgeous warehouse space that he renovated himself, collects weirdo toys and dabbles in building guitars! this is an advanced human being here, people. below is a tiny heart tattoo that i got from him as a birthday present last march.
remember that i love small and special things. that gross bandage on my finger was probably from slashing myself while trying to chop a butternut squash. anyway, check out kevin's sites (here is also a link to the tattoo studio where he works) and if you live in or around philadelphia and are considering a new tattoo, do your present and future selves a favor and get it from him!